Is your club the best for young players? Do you know a volunteer whose work in junior golf is invaluable? Nominations are now open for 2014/15 RBS Junior Golf Awards.
Supported by RBS, we are looking for the best golf clubs for children and the most dedicated volunteers to nominate themselves for two of Scottish Golf’s most prestigious prizes, the 2014/15 RBS Junior Golf Awards.
Presented annually at the star-studded Scottish Golf Awards, the RBS Junior Club of the Year and RBS Volunteer of the Year accolades reward commitment and innovation in promoting the game at grassroots level.
A prize of £1,500 will go to the winning club for investment into its junior section with the country’s leading volunteer will receive £500 for their home club, plus £100 to use personally.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf club won the 2014 award ahead of Bathgate, Peebles, and Prestonfield who were all recognised for their work at Gleneagles in September, when the Junior Ryder Cup friendship match teams were named in their honour.
Alistair Tait, ClubGolf coordinator at Fortrose and Rosemarkie, said: “It was a pleasant surprise for us to be nominated and then to win. Both senior and junior members were so pleased, and we now have large notice at the front door of the club so everyone can see we won!
“It was a great boost and put us on the map, and there’s no doubt the wider public is now aware of the success of the club. The prize money meant we could buy training and warm up equipment including sets of junior clubs for children ranging from aged five upwards, which has freed up other funds to improve the practice area for ClubGolf coaching and our 117 junior members.”
Current Volunteer of the Year Liz Taylor was the first ever ClubGolf coordinator at Prestonfield Golf Club in Edinburgh. She was recognised for overseeing the construction of two par-three practice holes, delivering coaching, devising a junior membership scheme, and introducing coaching for women interested in getting into golf.
Liz said: “It was wonderful to win the award but it meant so much to all the volunteers and coaches because of what we do for the club and the local community, which also then wants to be part of that success - it drives you to keep going.
“Three years ago, we only had 10 juniors and this year, we’ve delivered 31 weeks of ClubGolf coaching with 90 children taking part in the most recent 10-week block, coached around 1000 youngsters through the neighbourhood festival programme, and we now have 155 junior members.
“The prize money is being used to get a Portakabin as a shelter for really bad weather so we can do golfing etiquette inside, and for new equipment for the younger ones to encourage them to get into golf, both something we could not have done without the award.”
The RBS Junior Club of the Year Award is open to over 300 Scottish golf clubs currently delivering ClubGolf while nominations for the RBS Volunteer of the Year will be invited from Scotland’s network of volunteer coaches.
Nominations for both awards will be reviewed by a panel of judges against the following criteria: exceptional performance; new and innovative ideas; demonstration of increased participation; and community engagement/benefits to the club.
ClubGolf Manager, Jackie Davidson, is on the judging panel which has the difficult task each year of choosing the winners.
“We are extremely grateful to the volunteers and clubs for the immense work they put into their junior sections and ClubGolf programmes which benefitted almost 11,000 children last year. So many people deserve credit, and we look forward to receiving nominations from volunteers and clubs.
“It is terrific to be able to reward outstanding contributions at the Scottish Golf Awards each year and would like to thank RBS for their continued support of junior golf.”
To nominate a club or volunteer for the 2014/2015 RBS Junior Golf Awards, click here. All nominations must be received by 26 January 2014.
You can read about the good work of previous shortlisted clubs and volunteers here.
The Scottish Golf Awards 2015, now established as one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, takes place on Friday 20 March at The Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. You can book tickets on the Scottish Golf website.
Thanks to the Falkirk Community Trust for an amazing backdrop, and to Bathgate Golf Club. Pictured above left to right, back: Stuart Callan, PGA Professional; Ross McPhee; Chloe Graham; Joshua Beveridge; Willie Bell, Junior Convenor.
Front: Ross Callan; Lewis Mowbray; Joe Bryce; Gordon Meek; Chris Curran.